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The Future of HK-EU Co-operation

18 Aug 2017

The EU is Hong Kong’s third largest trading partner after China and ASEAN. A rosier economic environment and the development of a more liberal trading regime in the EU are crucial for the future of HK...Read More


The EU: Surviving Populism, Tackling Income Inequality

17 Aug 2017

While populist calls for protectionist policies, largely inspired by perceived income inequality and a misunderstanding of the potential benefits of globalisation, have become an issue across the worl...Read More


Europe’s Elections: Indications of a Positive Trade Outcome

15 Aug 2017

Euroscepticism has been concerning the EU even before the UK voted to leave the bloc in June 2016. However, the failure of anti-EU nationalist movements to win power in the Netherlands and France, and...Read More


Solar Panels from China: EU to Lower Minimum Import Price in September 2017

11 Aug 2017

In yet another development in the EU’s longstanding trade defence proceedings against solar panels and solar cells from mainland China, it appears that the European Commission intends to reduce its so...Read More


Textile Products: Criteria for EU Ecolabelling Amended

11 Aug 2017

The EU Ecolabel is a voluntary scheme that some Hong Kong traders may be aware of, whereby companies are able to label their products as having a lower environmental impact than other products within ...Read More


Open Mesh Fabrics from Mainland China: EU Industry Calls for United Front Against Allegedly Illegal Trade Practices

11 Aug 2017

In a press release published on 20 July 2017, GlassFibreEurope, the European Glass Fibre Producers Association, and Tech-Fab Europe collectively called on all actors in the glass fibre value chain to ...Read More


New EU Regulation Targets Allergy-causing Substance Methylisothiazolinone in Cosmetic Products

11 Aug 2017

On 7 July 2017, the Official Journal published Commission Regulation 2017/1224 updating existing limitations on the use of Methylisothiazolinone (MI) concentrations in cosmetic products. Previously, M...Read More


New EU Survey Shows Increased Trust and Demand in Cross-border Online Shopping

11 Aug 2017

On 25 July 2017, the European Commission published its 2017 edition of the Consumer Conditions Scoreboard illustrating that increasing numbers of EU consumers are now shopping online and that trust in...Read More


Report Reveals Customs Authorities Detained More Than 41 Million Fake and Counterfeit Products at EU Borders in 2016

11 Aug 2017

On 20 July 2017, the European Commission published the results of customs actions taken at the EU’s external borders during 2016. The report contains statistical information about the detentions made ...Read More


Anti-dumping Actions

11 Aug 2017

Imports of hand pallet trucks and their essential parts, i.e. chassis and hydraulics, currently falling within CN codes ex 8427 90 00 (TARIC codes 8427900011 and 8427900019) and ex 8431 20 00 (TARIC c...Read More


Official Journal Summary

11 Aug 2017

Commission Regulation (EU) 2017/1413 of 3 August 2017 amending Annex IV to Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council on cosmetic products....Read More


Start of Trilogue Talks on Final Text of New Anti-dumping Rules

28 July 2017

On 5 July 2017, the European Parliament gave its green light to start negotiations with EU Member State ministers on the final text of the EU’s new anti-dumping regulation. The European Parliament aim...Read More


EU Launches Public Consultation on Migration Limits for Aluminium in Toys

28 July 2017

The European Commission’s independent Scientific Committee on Health, Environmental and Emerging Risks (SCHEER) has launched a public consultation on the 'Tolerable intake of aluminium with regard to ...Read More


Environment MEPs Back Update to RoHS 2 Following Compromise Reached Between European Parliament and Council

28 July 2017

On 11 July 2017, the European Parliament’s Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) officially backed plans to amend Directive 2011/65/EU (RoHS 2); a key piece of EU legislation ...Read More


EU Harmonises Classification of, Among Others, Knitted Brassieres, Steering Wheel Covers, Paintballs, Pulse Oximeters and Suitcases

28 July 2017

On 1 July and 8 July 2017, the European Commission published six regulations concerning the classification of goods in the Combined Nomenclature (CN), all of which may be of interest to Hong Kong trad...Read More


Swedish Chemicals Agency Inspects Rubber and Plastic Articles Sold to Consumers

28 July 2017

The Swedish Chemicals Agency (SCA) announced that it has tested chemicals in articles that are made of rubber or plastic which come into contact with the skin or which can be inserted into the mouth, ...Read More


Evaluation of Future Legal Effects and Commercial Dealings for Hong Kong Exporters Due to Brexit

28 July 2017

Hong Kong businesses should monitor developments in certain areas of legal uncertainty which have arisen following Britain’s official triggering of Article 50 on 29 March 2017. This action officially ...Read More


Anti-dumping Actions

28 July 2017

Hand pallet trucks and their essential parts, i.e. chassis and hydraulics, currently falling within CN code s ex 8427 90 00 and ex 8431 20 00 (TARIC codes 8427900019 and 8431200019). For the purpose o...Read More


Official Journal Summary

28 July 2017

Notice of initiation of a partial interim review of the countervailing measures applicable to imports of certain rainbow trout originating in Turkey....Read More


EU Creates Trading Opportunities by Increasing Quotas, Eliminating Customs Duties for Certain Industrial and Agricultural Imports

14 July 2017

On 27 June 2017, the EU’s Official Journal published Council Regulation 2017/1133 amending Regulation 1388/2013 opening and providing for the management of autonomous tariff quotas of the EU for certa...Read More

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